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The Ultimate Quillspike Combo Deck - Luke Collins (7/28/2010)

Ever since Eventide created the Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
/Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.
combo, I wanted to make a deck which took advantage of it. The problem is that the combo, while simpler than most, requires you to be speedy and to basically get rid of the rest of your deck in a hurry. Also, unlike most combos, it is not blue, so there is no access to blue's powerful counterspells and card draw, which are normally used to help dig out and protect a combo.

A friend of mine developed a Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
deck which ran on the premise of completely obliterating the deck. He did so without card draw or the use of expensive cards, which made me think that maybe there was a good way to modify the deck to accept another combo, namely the Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
/Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.
combo.


Combo:
4x Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.

4x Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

4x Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.


Digging:
4x Commune with Nature
4x Street Wraith
Street Wraith
Street WraithSet: Future Sight
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wraith
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Swampwalk
Cycling-Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card Draw a card.)

4x Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Bauble
4x Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Bauble

Mana Fixing:
4x Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4x Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

4x Edge of Autumn
Edge of Autumn
Edge of AutumnSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
If you control four or fewer lands, search your library for a basic land card, put it into play tapped, then shuffle your library.
Cycling-Sacrifice a land. (Sacrifice a land, Discard this card. Draw a card.)

4x Manamorphose
Manamorphose
ManamorphoseSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Add two mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool. Draw a card.


Land:
4x Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4x Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

7x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.



The deck is, to say the least, extremely streamlined and simplified. All of the cards which aren't in the combo either produce mana or help you dig deeper, often for free. This deck can sometimes go off as early as turn 2, depending on how many Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
s you draw, although it is more likely to go off on turn 3 or 4. While certainly not tournament ready material, it is a great deck to play at the kitchen table, and using CardShark prices you can build it from nothing for about $20.

A quick explanation of the cards, why they were chosen, and how they work: Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.
/Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
- The combo is simple: tap the Druid to make a green mana, then use its ability to untap it. Spend the green mana on Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
's ability to make it grow big and remove the counter. Repeat until it is arbitrarily large, then either attack with it or Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
it.

Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
- Most of the time the combo is used, players use "Rite of Consumption
Rite of Consumption
Rite of ConsumptionSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
As an additional cost to play Rite of Consumption, sacrifice a creature. Rite of Consumption deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target player. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.
" instead of Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
. The reasoning behind this is either that they want all that extra life, or that they are still riding the combo as it was used in Lorwyn/Shadowmoor block, which did not have access to Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
. However, I believe Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
is the right choice, because it is an instant, and in many cases you may need to hold off the combo until the end of your opponent's turn, which you may need to do if going up against certain kinds of decks. It also gives you the option to go off without warning if you know your opponent is holding something.

Commune with Nature - It digs out the two key combo pieces and can be cast on the first turn. A must-have.

Street Wraith
Street Wraith
Street WraithSet: Future Sight
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wraith
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Swampwalk
Cycling-Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card Draw a card.)
- As far as you are concerned, it reads "Pay 2 life - Draw a card."

Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
J3MgQmF1Ymxl/Urza's Bauble
Urza's Bauble
Urza's BaubleSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Urza's Bauble: Choose a card at random from target player's hand and look at that card. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn.
- Each of these let you dig for free while letting you know what kind of deck you are playing against, which ends up being important when you decide to cast Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
, or attack instead.

Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.
- You can replace this with Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
if you want, since they are identical in function, but the point is that it lets you dig through your deck without costing you anything, and also allows you to fix your mana on the big turn.

Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
- Originally this was going to be Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
, but Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
speeds up the deck by allowing you to take your big turn one step earlier, as well as providing you with key red mana when you need it. If you draw two, you can end the game on turn two, doing the following:

Turn 1: Play Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
. Tap the Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and sacrifice the Petal to play Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.
.
Turn 2: Play a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
/Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
and tap both lands and the Devoted Druid
Devoted Druid
Devoted DruidSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Add G to your mana pool. Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.
to play Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
. Use the druid's ability to untap it, then tap it again and use the ability to start the Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
combo. Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
the petal and use the last mana from the Druid to cast Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
.

I hate to include an expensive card in what is otherwise an extremely inexpensive deck, but sometimes such costs can't be avoided. Besides, any good combo player should keep four Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
s around anyway, since so many good combos need them.

Edge of Autumn
Edge of Autumn
Edge of AutumnSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
If you control four or fewer lands, search your library for a basic land card, put it into play tapped, then shuffle your library.
Cycling-Sacrifice a land. (Sacrifice a land, Discard this card. Draw a card.)
- This card is your mana solution. It allows you to fetch the single Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
if you don't have any red mana available, it shuffles the deck to bury cards you don't need, and if you have three lands, you can sacrifice one of them to dig for the combo. Don't forget that you can play one of the cycling lands tapped and then sacrifice it to Edge of Autumn
Edge of Autumn
Edge of AutumnSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
If you control four or fewer lands, search your library for a basic land card, put it into play tapped, then shuffle your library.
Cycling-Sacrifice a land. (Sacrifice a land, Discard this card. Draw a card.)
immediately, which is a good strategy if you need your other lands to play a Druid. Remember, you only need two to make the combo work.

Manamorphose
Manamorphose
ManamorphoseSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Add two mana in any combination of colors to your mana pool. Draw a card.
- Digs deeper for "free" and allows you to have your mana the way you need it on the big turn.

Lands - You may notice that this deck has only 16 lands, which is much less than pretty much every deck you've ever played. But the thing is, the deck only needs two mana to win, and when you include the fact that there are twelve cards in the deck which cycle for no mana (the Baubles and the Street Wraith
Street Wraith
Street WraithSet: Future Sight
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wraith
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Swampwalk
Cycling-Pay 2 life. (Pay 2 life, Discard this card Draw a card.)
) you find that you don't need mana to get what you need. This deck should keep, and win, a one-mana hand which has the combo included.

The deck needs to be played very fast and aggressive, constantly cycling excess lands and cards in order to chase after the combo. It is very boom-or-bust, and it will either go off brilliantly or not at all by around turn 5 or 6. It isn't unusual to draw 10-12 cards in that time, and you shouldn't be afraid to attack with the Quillspike
Quillspike
QuillspikeSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
o(b/g), Remove a -1/-1 counter from a creature you control: Quillspike gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
when possible, especially if you don't have a Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
. Even if it just kills a blocker, that buys you time to keep cycling frantically.


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